A canned food donation drive, for the record

Volunteers with the Singapore flag that was made using 16,517 donated cans of food. The flag, measuring 12.8m by 8.9m, made it into the Singapore Book of Records.
Volunteers with the Singapore flag that was made using 16,517 donated cans of food. The flag, measuring 12.8m by 8.9m, made it into the Singapore Book of Records.PHOTO: ARMOND YEO

Cans used to build giant S'pore flag, then distributed to needy families

About 2,000 needy families in East Coast GRC received bags of canned and dry food items yesterday, after they were greeted by cheerful volunteers at their doorsteps.

This was part of Project K.AN, an initiative by the Kampong Chai Chee Community Centre Youth Executive Committee that hopes to help less fortunate residents.

Mr Lee Yi Shyan, MP for East Coast GRC and grassroots adviser of Kampong Chai Chee grassroots organisations, said: "Taking the students away from their schoolwork to contribute to the community is valuable. It allows them to see that they can make a meaningful impact in society."

More than 16,000 cans of food were collected through donation drives last month, with about 350 young volunteers roped in for the project. To mark National Day, these cans were arranged to form a Singapore flag yesterday. Measuring 12.8m by 8.9m, with 16,517 cans used, the feat made it into the Singapore Book of Records.

"Our ultimate purpose was to donate to the needy, but this was done to excite and encourage the youth in the process," Mr Lee said.

The volunteers later distributed food bags containing these cans to the households.

Said Madam Lim Hwee Keng, 55, a Kampong Chai Chee resident who benefited from this year's project: "Their efforts not only help us, but also show their concern for us."

Over at Bukit Panjang yesterday afternoon, more than 400 youth volunteers distributed 700 food packs to beneficiaries.

They were joined by Dr Teo Ho Pin, mayor of North West District and MP for Bukit Panjang SMC.

Ng Huiwen

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 14, 2016, with the headline 'A canned food donation drive, for the record'. Print Edition | Subscribe